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West Ham Turn Attention to QPR Striker Loic Remy After Abandoning Move to Sign Colombian Youngster

by Aidan McCartney

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West Ham have increased their efforts to sign QPR forward Loic Remy after a move for Colombian striker Duvan Zapata fell through reports the Daily Star.

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce wants to further strengthen his attack with record summer recruit Andy Carroll looking set to miss the start of the season after picking up a heel injury.

Allardyce had targeted a move for the 22-year-old Estudiantes forward Zapata in an £8million transfer and it was thought a deal was in place to make him a West Ham player subject to being granted a work permit. But reports now suggest that the transfer is off after an issue with the possible documentation for the Colombian.

Instead the Irons have identified Remy as a back-up option and they are confident of fetching the former Marseille man to the Upton Park in time for the new campaign.

The French international netted six times in 14 appearances for the Harry Redknapp’s side after joining for a club record £8m fee during the January transfer window. Remy signed on a four and a half year lucrative contract with the London side, understood to be more than £70,000-a-week.

However after the Loftus Road club were relegated to the Championship, the Hoops are keen to get Remy off the wage bill and have recently admitted that they could sell him at the right price.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is understood to be also considering a bid for the 26-year-old even after being snubbed by the same player in January and may yet contend with the Hammers for his signature.


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